Did you know that, thanks to Christmas light and holiday decoration-related accidents, 12,500 people end up in the emergency room? It is especially important to be mindful of electrical safety during the holiday season. What small tips, tools, and equipment keep people safe during the holidays and throughout the year?
Holiday Electrical Safety Tips
According to the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) survey, more than two-thirds of Americans use Christmas or holiday lights indoors. Moreover, 60% of those same respondents also use extension cords. Staying safe this holiday season depends on the following:
- Always read manufacturer’s care and safety instructions. Read over instructions carefully. Make sure to note whether lights can be used indoors or outdoors, and follow all relevant precautions, such as shutting lights off before bed.
- Keep cords and wiring intact. Before using holiday decorations, and especially when using decorations and lights taken out of storage, inspect them for any signs of damage or wear. Throw away any strands with frayed or exposed cables. Avoiding using staples, or any other materials that may puncture or tear wires, while decorating
Nylon Fasteners and Screw Covers
Electricity can be extremely unpredictable. Truly preventing electrical hazards and injury requires caution year-round. Nylon fasteners, for example, give homeowners and workers a simple means of taking apart, readjusting, and putting back together electronics and electrical parts. Nylon nuts and bolts, moreover, are lightweight and provide necessary insulation for sensitive machinery and equipment.
Screw covers, cap nuts, and bolt covers reliably and stably secure metal and nylon fasteners into position. These protective covers and caps protect threads from weathering, chemical wear, corrosion, abrasion, and more. Nylon screw covers also dramatically reduce potentially harmful vibrations and torque.
Even seemingly small hazards, such as frayed wiring and cracked sockets, can pose risks of fire and electrocution. Stay safe year-round by carefully stringing up holiday lights and using safe and reliable nylon fasteners for electronics.